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Fall Proof Your Home to Create a Safe Haven

As you age, ensuring your home is safe becomes increasingly important to prevent falls and injuries. Fall proofing your living space can significantly reduce the risk of accidents. This can begin by decluttering walkways and removing any potential tripping hazards, such as loose rugs or cords. Installing grab bars in bathrooms and railings on stairs can help to provide support. Adequate lighting throughout your home is essential, and well lit areas can help you see potential obstacles more clearly. Keep frequently used items within easy reach to prevent unnecessary stretching or bending. Consider non-slip mats in the bathroom and kitchen to avoid slipping on wet surfaces. Regularly inspect and maintain the condition of your floors, ensuring they are even and free of loose tiles or floorboards. If you would like to learn about how fall prevention techniques can protect the feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with James Pak, DPM from California. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anaheim, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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